Considerations When Feeding Mycotoxin Contaminated Corn to Poultry
There are potentially high levels of mycotoxins present in the 2006 corn crop, especially in south-western Ontario. Poultry producers need to be cautious when purchasing and feeding this year's corn and corn byproducts. Generally accepted levels of vomitoxins for poultry are 5 ppm. High levels of DON in feed can cause mouth lesions, decrease in dietary protein utilization, immuno suppression and reduced flock performance.
Producers buying complete feed rations should speak to their feed company if they have concerns.
Producers making their own feed should test the feed ingredients to determine the levels of mycotoxins present.
There are four options for poultry producers to manage high levels of mycotoxins in their corn:
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